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Renature, Daylife in Japan, and Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig - Ep121

Renature, Daylife in Japan, and Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig - Ep121

February 15, 2021

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00:00 - We like to eat eat eat Apples and Bananas. We lake to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays.

07:14 - Daylife in Japan is a cheap and very cheerful jigsaw puzzle game we’ve played on Switch, by Minimol Games and QUByte Interactive. Want a meditative game to play while listening to audiobooks? This might just be it.

20:43 - Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling’s Renature is a wonderfully relaxing experience with just enough salt in the pancake (by which we mean “competitiveness”) to lift it to great heights. Also: a big hello to our podcasting pals at Two Can Play That Game.

33:06 - What’s YOUR favourite castle? And have you ever seen Dan and King Ludwig II in the same room together...?

38:30 - A love letter to Bezier Games, Stonemaier Games’ Between Two Castles Of Mad King Ludwig is also super relaxing, and might just be better than the originals they’re taking inspiration from. You can see what it looks like on our Instagram, along with Kris’s completed jigsaw of the Moon.

46:53 - We’ve had two-part question in from @MyTaintedBrain, who asks “What is your favourite genre of board/video game, and what is the last book you read that you really enjoyed? Thanks pal!

All that, and dad jokes about The Wiggles, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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WandaVision, Schotten Totten 2, and Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard - Ep120

WandaVision, Schotten Totten 2, and Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard - Ep120

February 1, 2021

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00:00 - A jigsaw of the Moon.

06:54 - How to play Lost Cities wrong. Very wrong. And incorporating baby-friendly player aids into board games.

12:35 - Reiner Knizia’s Schotten Totten 2 is more thematic, more focused, and easier to get others into it than its previous iteration.

23:08 - A true centrepiece for any happening party.

26:32 - Disney’s new WandaVision TV series is shaping up to be a unique and brave entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

41:20 - Horribly painful car troubles.

50:58 - Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard was exactly the right game at exactly the right time: it’s short, sharply written, and thoroughly lovely throughout.

All that, and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Tenet, Spicy, and Knights and Bikes - Ep119

Tenet, Spicy, and Knights and Bikes - Ep119

January 15, 2021

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00:00 - Sam's mug.

04:54 - Kris's mattress.

09:02 - Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a high concept spy thriller that’s “the first time travel movie”, but perhaps it doesn’t explain itself enough?

27:12 - Knights and Bikes is from Double Fine and Foam Sword, and it’s a completely riotous co-op craftpunk adventure with a great sense of humour.

44:00 - HeidelBÄR’s Coyote and Spicy are brilliant bluffing games with gorgeous artwork that has to be seen to be believed (and reminds us of an animated Johnny Cash...)

57:20 - How a new habit gets started... but will it be a good one?

All that, and the #SourceOfAllWisdom, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Star Wars: Squadrons, The Mandalorian, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered - Ep118

Star Wars: Squadrons, The Mandalorian, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered - Ep118

January 1, 2021

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00:00 - New Year's Resolutions Part 1, plus a hot take on Final Fantasy XII.

05:22 - Star Wars: Squadrons is an enjoyably arcade-y VR flight sim that really surprised us.

16:46 - New Year's Resolutions Part 2, cracking eggs, smashing glutes, and Hobbits with trundle wheels.

23:37 - The Mandalorian, and why you don’t have to know anything about Star Wars to enjoy it.

37:22 - What if you could time travel, but no one would believe you if you told them what you saw? When and where would you travel to? Because we have thoughts.

44:41 - Solving picture mysteries with Murder by Numbers, and why Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is the antithesis of scrolling through Netflix.

All that, and why we’re Paul the Octopus, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

Oh! And! A huge huge thank you to Lottie and Jack from Birdwood Games for featuring us in their top 5 board game podcasts of 2020 list :D

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PlayStation 5, Among Us, and Secret Santa - Ep117

PlayStation 5, Among Us, and Secret Santa - Ep117

December 15, 2020

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00:00 - Top tips for job interview success.

04:14 - Secret Santa, part 1 - powered by Mr Lister's Quiz Shootout from Big Potato Games (plus a little bit on Thousand Year Old Vampire too).

12:45 - Looking at ladders on the loo.

15:21 - Secret Santa, part 2 - with thoughts on Fungi/Morels.

24:16 - Abandon All Artichokes from Gamewright is a light and breezy deck building game that everyone who likes board games should own.

33:51 - Gather nine people, pay $450, and spend a couple of days studying lean methodologies, and you’ll be ready for GetKanban, a surprisingly entertaining education tool crossed with a board game.

42:12 - Saashi & Saashi’s Coffee Roaster is an informative, innovative, and very very premium solitaire bag building game that’s taught us a whole bunch about the brew (and taken up a large portion of a table).

50:23 - Secret Santa, part 3 - and a compromising look at Kompromat from Helvetiq.

01:01:16 - Like social deduction games? Enjoy video games? Been living under a rock for the last month? We reckon you’ll be pleased to hear about Innersloth’s Among Us. And if you don’t, you’re sus.

01:11:48 - Secret Santa, part 4 - plus expanding on Colt Express with Marshal & Prisoners from Ludonaute, and a cowboy hat.

01:17:55 - Probably the best launch game on PlayStation 5, a showcase for the new hardware, and a love letter to the history of PlayStation: we talk ASTRO's Playroom and get all misty-eyed for the Multitap.

All that, and Collect No Carrots, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Peter (@XeroXeroXero) and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Honey Heist, Illimat, and Rome & Roll - Ep116

Honey Heist, Illimat, and Rome & Roll - Ep116

December 1, 2020

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00:00 - Crunchy Nut Peanut Butter and very thick milk.

06: 42 - A cartoon-like, one page RPG that is tremendous fun: we’ve played Honey Heist by Grant Howitt and had a great time with some bears in hats.

18:57 - Squirty cream “as a vehicle”.

23:30 - Taking early steps into FIFA 20’s Ultimate Team (and its similarities to Pro Evo’s Master League mode), playing with friends with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, doing cool skids in Lonely Mountains: Downhill, and other paternity cover games.

35:16 - Up for some co-opetition? Rome & Roll from PSC Games is delicious and satisfying, and not just because it reminds us of cheese, dough, and tomato sauce.

48:06 - Illimat from The Decemberists and Keith Baker is the kind of game John Dee (Queen Elizabeth I’s court astronomer) would play. Intrigued? You should be, and we’ll tell you all about this strange and brilliant board game.

All that, and they’re grrrrroggy! With Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), and Sam (@MrSamTurner).

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Taskmaster, The Lost Words, and Cóatl - Ep115

Taskmaster, The Lost Words, and Cóatl - Ep115

November 15, 2020

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00:00 - What’s that banging? What day is it? How old is Sam?

05:32 - And for that matter, what’s your favourite era of time?

11:40 - TRAINS! We talk Ticket to Ride and the digital adaptation of it that we’ve been thoroughly enjoying.

16:20 - Cóatl is crammed full of bright and lovely plastic, has a very pleasing Aztec art style, and is a super elegant bit of game design that’s one of the best in its genre.

25:15 - The Lost Words from Kosmos is based on the children’s book by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane. It’s a beautifully illustrated, tranquil, light game that’s perfect for high tea.

35:59 - The avoidance of doomscrolling by getting into Reddit - shout out to r/Showerthoughts and r/OSR - plus a discussion about a fantastic post about board games and value.

51:00 - Bingeing Taskmaster (tARskmARster) is exactly what’s needed at the moment. Also if you’re interested in the self portraits Peter and Sam made, pop over to our Instagram.

All that, and missing the point of Back to the Future, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Tapestry: Plans and Ploys, Metro X, and Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade - Ep114

Tapestry: Plans and Ploys, Metro X, and Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade - Ep114

November 1, 2020

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00:00 - An intensely heated debate: is a Twix a biscuit or a chocolate bar?

07:53 - Tapestry: Plans and Ploys continues to build upon the foundations of the lean(ish) civilization-creating original, and also continues Stonemaier Games’ tradition of featuring beautiful components.

21:07 - Some grumps bang on about how they don’t like Halloween, and an alternative is discussed: Falloween.

31:08 - The Three Stages of Boardgaming, solitaire games, and David Parlett’s Penguin-related money-making schemes.

35:30 - Coiledspring and Gamewright’s Metro X gives us flashbacks to the London Underground and mastering a tube map. Plus: very good nibs.

42:19 - Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade is from Wizkids and Geoffrey Engelstein (the Ludology podcast, Gametek, Pit Crew etc). It’s “giddy fun” and, we think, perhaps the perfect solo game.

All that, and a spooky podcast pitch, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

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Fort, Enola Holmes, and Anomia - Ep113

Fort, Enola Holmes, and Anomia - Ep113

October 15, 2020

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00:00 - Forgetting names and confusing idioms.

03:10 - A graduation, but whose graduation?

06:10 - Making rum, plus the sweetly thematic Fort from Leder Games, in which you pretend to be kids building bases, using pizza and toys to curry favour with Icky and Sticky.

17:44 - Al's FINEST wine and socially distanced martial arts.

21:52 - From humble packaging comes something we had a ton of fun with; Coiledspring’s Anomia is an extremely good party game.

30:50 - Twin It. Love it.

33:11 - Enola Holmes is fantastic, and Millie Bobby Brown brings a welcome level of handiness to the character.

38:42 - Back to school.

41:10 - Our time with Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game pretty much started with a total party wipe. And it. Was. Awesome. It’s glorious.

All that, and the wonderful Richard from the We’re Not Wizards podcast (@werenotwizards), with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Tea-based playlists. Spotify. A match made in heaven. So pop to our Spotify playlist page for those.

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Pendulum, Hotshot Racing, and Stay Cool - Ep112

Pendulum, Hotshot Racing, and Stay Cool - Ep112

October 1, 2020

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00:00 - The Home Alone Meal Deal, and first movies.

09:13 - Hotshot Racing looks and sounds great, the racing model is spot on, but you’ll want to put most of your time into the time trial mode, and we’ll tell you why. Also, go watch Get Indie Gaming.

20:57 - Every Breath You Take. Every Slice You Make.

27:45 - Pendulum from Stonemaier Games (them what did Viticulture) is a “rollercoaster” of a board game, a superb experiment in the worker placement genre, and perhaps the perfect board game cafe game.

45:39 - Eulogy For Brannigans.

48:48 - Stay Cool is from the same folk that brought you Decrypto, and if that’s not enough to sell you on it, then you’ll just have to listen to the podcast for more insight into why we like it, I guess.

All that, and Adele, with Kris (@DigitalStrider), Sam (@MrSamTurner), and Peter (@XeroXeroXero).

Want some tea-themed Spotify playlists? Of course you do! Pop to our Spotify playlist page for those.

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Quick note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

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